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Why are we Christians?

Is it because Christianity is fun? You know, the music, the songs, the laughter, the fellowship?
Or is it because Christianity has been the best guide we’ve found for life? I mean, like Christianity has helped us choose the right path to take, make the right decisions, and be aware of hidden dangers.
Maybe because Jesus Christ has given us the power of love, even able to forgive deep hurts. Maybe because He gives us comfort that no other can. Maybe because His Holy Spirit enables us to live healthy and moral lives.
Yes, for all the above reasons and much more.

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Adakah Tuhan beranak?

Umat Kristian mempercayai bahawa Yesus Kristus adalah anak Tuhan, mengikut ayat dalam Alkitab, ”Karena begitu besar kasih Allah akan dunia ini, sehingga Ia telah mengaruniakan Anak-Nya yang tunggal, supaya setiap orang yang percaya kepada Yesus tidak binasa, melainkan beroleh hidup yang kekal.”— Yohanes 3:16

Adakah itu bermakna Tuhan telah beristeri dan melahirkan seorang anak. Tidak sekali. Apabila Alkitab merujuk kepada Yesus sebagai Anak, ia menunjukkan perhubungan istimewa antara Tuhan dengan Yesus.

Samalah seperti dalam Bahasa, apabila kita merujuk kepada ‘anak tangga’, ‘anak bulan’ dan sebagainya. Adakah kita bermaksud yang tangga telah beranak, dan bulan telah beranak menjadi dua? Tidak sekali.

Demikian juga, Anak Tuhan adalah Yesus Kristus yang dihantar khas untuk menyelamatkan umat manusia dari dosa.

Adakah Yesus hanya pengsan selepas disalib dan sedar semula dalam gua yang dingin?

Ada orang yang menuduh bahawa Yesus Kristus tidak mati disalibkan tetapi cuma pengsan. Dan dalam kedinginan gua, Dia telah pulih semula dan larikan diri dari gua.

Dalam Alkitab, kita baca bahawa, Yohanes 19:32 “Maka datanglah prajurit-prajurit lalu mematahkan kaki orang yang pertama dan kaki orang yang lain yang disalibkan bersama-sama dengan Yesus;” 19:33 “tetapi ketika mereka sampai kepada Yesus dan melihat bahwa Ia telah mati, mereka tidak mematahkan kaki-Nya,” 19:34 “tetapi seorang dari antara prajurit itu menikam  lambung-Nya dengan tombak, dan segera mengalir keluar darah dan air.”

Askar-askar tersebut telah memastikan bahawa Yesus telah mati disalib. Mereka juga menikam Yesus untuk menentukannya.

Katakan Yesus hanya pengsan. Maka kita perlu jawab soalan berikut: dapatkah dia pulih dengan segera dalam gua, kemudian menolak balik batu besar yang menghalang pintu masuk gua, lalu melawan dan mengatasi kesemua rombongan askar yang menjaga gua tersebut?

Tuduhan bahawa Yesus hanya  pengsan sahaja tidak dapat dipertahankan.

Adakah Yesus tidak disalibkan, tetapi Tuhan telah gantikan tempatnya dengan Yudas?

Ini adalah juga satu tuduhan yang tidak dapat dipertahankan. Penyaliban Yesus disaksikan oleh askar-askar Roma, pengikut-pengikut Yesus yang setia, paderi-paderi yang menuduh Yesus dan orang ramai yang setengahnya bencikan Yesus.

Adakah mereka semua ini tidak dapat mencamkan siapa orangnya yang digantung di salib? Pengikut Yesus telah bersamanya sekian lama. Ibu Yesus juga berada di sana: Yohanes 19:25 “Dan dekat salib  Yesus berdiri ibu-Nya  dan saudara ibu-Nya, Maria, isteri Klopas dan Maria Magdalena.”

Yesus bukan seorang penakut yang meminta Tuhan menggantikan tempatnya dengan orang lain. Yesus telah rela disalibkan bagi menyelamatkan kami.

Aren’t all religions the same and teach us how to be good?

While it is true that all religions have moral teachings, it does not necessarily mean that all religions are the same, any more than to say that all living things are the same because all living things are composed of 75% – 90% water. The things that make plant life, animal life and human life different are their differences, not similarities.

Christianity is different from other religions in 4 very important aspects: (1) in other religions, it is man seeking God; in Christianity, it is God seeking man; (2) in other religions, salvation is a reward earned by self-effort (good works); in Christianity, salvation is a free gift to be received by faith; (3) in other religions, we make atonement for our own sins; in Christianity, God Himself made atonement for our sins; (4) in other religions, heaven is a hope; in Christianity, heaven is a certainty.

Scripture references: Rom 5: 8; 6: 23

– from Alpha materials

Where in the Old Testament can we find prophecies about Christ?

It is estimated that there are in the Old Testament, 300 prophecies of the first coming of the Christ and 500 of His Second Coming, all of them made three to seven hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Following are some examples of OT prophecies:

  • “Seed of a woman”: Gen 3:15, Isa 7:14 (Gal 4: 4)
  • Descendent of Abraham: Gen 12: 3, 18: 18 (Mt 1: 1, Acts 3:25)
  • From the tribe of Judah: Gen 49: 10 (Lk 3: 33)
  • Born in Bethlehem: Micah 5: 2 (Mt 2: 1, Lk 2: 4 – 7)
  • Born of virgin birth: Isa 7: 14 (Mt 1:18, Lk 1: 26 – 35)
  • Triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey: Zech 9: 9 (Jn 12: 13 – 14)
  • Betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver: Zech 11: 12, Ps 41: 9 (Mk 14: 10, Mt 26: 14 -15)
  • Silent to accusations: Isa 53: 7 (Mt 26: 62 – 63. Mk 15: 4 – 5)
  • Soldiers divided his garments and gambled for his clothing: Ps 22: 18 (Mt 27: 35)
  • Crucified, “pierced through hands and feet”: Zech 12: 10, Ps 22:16 (Mt 27: 35, Jn 20: 27)
  • His side pierced: Zech 12: 10 (Jn 19: 34)
  • Deserted by God: Ps 22: 1 (Mt 27:46)
  • Vicarious sacrifice: Isa 53: 4 – 5, 6, 12 (Mt 8: 16 – 17, Rom 4:25, 5: 6 – 8)
  • Buried with the rich: Isa 53: 9 (Mt 27: 57 – 60)
  • Deserted by His followers: Zech 13: 7 (Mk 14: 27)
  • Christ at the right hand of the Father: Ps 110: 1 (Heb 1: 2, 3)
  • The way prepared by John the Baptist: Isa 40: 3, 5 (Jn 1: 23, Lk 3: 3 – 6)
  • Galilean ministry: Isa 9: 1 – 2 (Mt 4: 13 – 16)
  • Speaks in parables: Ps 78: 2 – 4 (Mt 13: 34 – 35)
  • A Prophet: Deu 18: 15 (Jn 6: 14, Acts 3: 20 – 22)
  • Priest after the order of Melchizedek: Ps 110: 4 (Heb 5: 5 – 6)

– from Alpha materials

If God is love, why does He send people to hell when they do not believe in Christ?

God has never intended men for hell. His eternal plan has been for His children to inherit the new heavens and the new earth at the end of time. Hell was created as the final place of judgement for the devil and his angels: “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25: 41). Men in their sin have aligned themselves with the kingdom of darkness. So, unless they repent and return to God and acknowledge Him as their Father, they will go where their father, the devil, goes. But if they repent and acknowledge Goad as their Father, then they will be where their Father will be – the new heavens and new earth.

God in His love put into effect a rescue plan to save mankind from the awful consequence of their sin. This plan requires God to sacrifice His only Son to death at the Cross. People who rejected God’s rescue plan have only themselves to blame for ending up in hell because they choose to reject the life-line God has thrown out to save them.

Scripture references: Jn 3: 16 – 18, 2 Pet 2: 4

– from Alpha materials

I am basically a good person. I don’t do things to hurt or harm other people. Why do I need Jesus Christ to die for me?

Sin is not just wrongdoing but the Bible defines sin as the rejection of God’s rule over our lives: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Rom 1: 21) It is this root sin of rejection of God that leads to the darkening of our hearts.

Jesus identified the source of all our human sins as coming out of the human heart: “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’” (Mk 7: 21 – 23) If we are honest with ourselves, we can easily identify with most of the sins Jesus listed as coming from a defiled heart.

– from Alpha materials

How can we sure the Bible is God’s Word, and not just a collection of religious writings by men?

When we say that the Bible is “inspired”, we mean more than that it is “inspiring”. We are saying that the Author behind the Bible is God Himself, though He has employed human agencies in the production of it. We compared that to the analogy of a treasure in an earthen vessel. The container God uses is imperfect men but the content He imparts is perfect divine truths. God speaks through the limitations of human vessels, but the Holy Spirit enables us to look beyond the humanity of the containers to the content of divine revelation.

There are some arguments to support the claim that the Bible is no ordinary human writings:

  1. Testimony of Christ: Jesus Himself accepts OT scripture as God’s Word (Mt 5: 18, Jn 10: 35)
  2. Internal testimony: Scriptures make the claim to be God’s Word.
  3. Fulfilled prophecies: of Israel’s and world history before Christ and of Christ Himself; also subsequent history after NT.
  4. Unity of Scriptures: despite the many authors (40+) and time span (1500 years), the Bible has one central message: God is love and forgiving and seeking to restore sinners back to fellowship with Him.
  5. Ethical superiority: biblical ethics form the foundation of western civilization.
  6. Changed lives: where the Bible has been read, lives have been transformed.
  7. Historical reliability: despite critics’ attempts to relegate Bible stories to mythology, archaeological discoveries to date have continually attest to the historical accuracy and reliability of biblical stories.

Scripture references: 2 Tim 3: 16 – 17

– from Alpha materials

 

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